Actual study headline: ‘Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire’

From the “muscle cars make you a petro-masculine misogynist” department comes this inane study that you just have to shake your head at. Published in SAGE Journals, of course it is paywalled. h/t to WUWT readers Robert Koeneke and Robert Balic,

Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire 

Cara Daggett

Abstract

As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism. The concept of petro-masculinity suggests that fossil fuels mean more than profit; fossil fuels also contribute to making identities, which poses risks for post-carbon energy politics. Moreover, through a psycho-political reading of authoritarianism, I show how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0305829818775817?journalCode=mila&


UPDATE: Reader “Gnomish” provided a link in comments to a PDF of the paper. Here are some passages that give you a sense of the mindset of this rant given faux legitimacy by being published in a journal:

White power pledges, breakfast cereals and masturbation may at first appear as adolescent pranks, but in the context of Trump’s America, they are all too serious. As initiation rites, they adhere to Theweleit’s analysis of the bodily practices of proto-fascist groups.By staying calm during beatings and limiting masturbation (making the body rigid), Proud Boys aim to enhance their masculinity, and in turn to become more successful with ‘real’women, who nevertheless remain, as among the freikorps, off-screen and imagined figures who threaten humiliation. Lurking behind the tactics of rigidity is a sense of personal failure; a shared frustration among white men who have struggled to find a housewife willing to receive their veneration.

Petro: both hard and soft. Both the solidification of toxic masculinity, and the grimy, deathly flows (oil, gas) let loose as psychological compensation for that self-discipline. Like the freikorps’ cruelty, or the clamour to torture detainees after September 11 analysed by Robin, burning fossil fuels in an age of global warming can offer a compensatory practice of violence. Fossil fuel systems provide a domain for explosive letting go, and all the pleasures that come with it – drilling, digging, fracking, mountaintop removal, diesel trucks. In the words of Sarah Palin, ‘drill, baby, drill!’61

Helpfully, the aesthetics of fossil fuels – most particularly oil – are ripe for recoding as expressions of sexualised power and orgasmic satisfaction. The parallels between rape and extractivism have been well documented.62 Stephanie LeMenager writes of ‘oil’s primal associations with earth’s body, therefore with the permeability, excess, and multiplicity of all bodies’, such that ‘the spectacle of [oil’s] gushing from the earth suggests divine or Satanic origins, a givenness that confers upon it an inherent value disassociated from social relations’.63 In Upton Sinclair’s novel, Oil!, too, LeMenager observes how a gushing well becomes an orgasmic woman (‘There she came!’), while ‘for a thirteenyear-old male narrator, industrial-scale pollution and waste translate into arousal and premature ejaculation’.64

When petro-masculinity is at stake, climate denial is thus best understood through desire, rather than as a failure of scientific communication or reason. In other words, an attachment to the righteousness of fossil fuel lifestyles, and to all the hierarchies that depend upon fossil fuel, produces a desire to not just deny, but to refuse climate change. Refusing climate change is distinct from ignoring climate change, which is effectively what many people who otherwise acknowledge its reality do.76 Ignoring can be dangerous, too, but it is a passive disposition, often connected to emotions of frustration or confusion, or even fear. Refusal is active. Angry. It demands struggle. In the case of climate change, by refusing it, one also subscribes to an accelerated investment in petrocultures. Refusal can no longer rest at defending the status quo but must proceed to intensifying fossil fuel systems to the last moment, which will often require resorting to authoritarian politics.

Yikes!


This is better reading anyways:

This is the muscle car history to own—a richly illustrated chronicle of America’s greatest high-performance cars, told from their 1960s beginning through the present day!

In the 1960s, three incendiary ingredients–developing V-8 engine technology, a culture consumed by the need for speed, and 75 million baby boomers entering the auto market—exploded in the form of the factory muscle car. The resulting vehicles, brutal machines unlike any the world had seen before or will ever see again, defined the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll generation.

American Muscle Cars chronicles this tumultuous period of American history through the primary tool Americans use to define themselves: their automobiles. From the street-racing hot rod culture that emerged following World War II through the new breed of muscle cars still emerging from Detroit today, this book brings to life the history of the American muscle car.

More here

Apparently the author of the study wouldn’t like this book either.

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194 thoughts on “Actual study headline: ‘Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire’

  1. “new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny”

    These twits don’t miss a trick.

    1) As for authoritarian, nobody takes a back seat to the left.
    BTW, how does wanting to be left alone, make one an authoritarian?
    2) Climate denial: The only people denying the climate are those who are trying to pretend that absent the influence of man, the climate would never change.
    3) racism and misogyny: Haven’t they heard, the race card is over drawn.

      • damn I must be the worst.. After owning a Valiant Charger in the wayback I now own two Plymouth Furys, a 383 and a 440. oh but my wife also owned a Charger too..

        And then there’s the whole issue of my car filling with friends who are girls-who-prefer-girls when we take the monster along to Pride Day fairs – they adore the big beast and it’s hard to pry them out of it .. all squished in the back beaming with delight.

        • Um…there’s an obvious (comedic) response…along the lines of, “Of course women are misogynists. As is anyone who truly knows women.” But I’m going to refrain from saying it so as to avoid offending anyone with my absurdity.

          🙂

          rip

    • MarkW
      I’m fairly sure that petromasculinity is a sure fire inoculation against soy-boy gynecomastia!

      When I was 19, I had a 1969 Firebird, with 325 HP/350 CI engine, close ratio 4 speed, limited slip differential, full dash gauge pack and a speedometer incremented 0 – 160 MPH. I bought it in the spring of 1974 for $1,400.00 with money I had earned working the graveyard shift at a grey iron foundry in Waukesha WI during the ‘oil embargo’ winter of 73/74. Everyone was dumping their muscle cars then for high mpg econo boxes. It had 39,000 miles on it and was in excellent condition. It was a schweeeeeeet ride for many years of personal transportation mixed with drag racing and road racing. I had to sell it (for $900.00, with 180,000 miles of very hard driving on it!) in 1980, to keep myself in college.

      • “J Mac

        MarkW
        I’m fairly sure that petromasculinity is a sure fire inoculation against soy-boy gynecomastia!

        When I was 19, I had a 1969 Firebird, with 325 HP/350 CI…”

        350 HP from a 350 CI engine? That’s not even trying.

  2. Low quality research filler material for the pub mill has actually been around for a long time. I recall the one from the 70s or 80s that tied stick shifts to male sexual libido. The climate change manifesto just “supercharged” the trend in recent years.

    • Sorry folks. I had to go for a lie down.

      I can’t understand, first, how anyone could conceive of this hypothesis and, second, how anyone could authorise funding for it.

  3. https://climatechangedispatch.com/study-burning-oil-fuels-white-masculinity/

    I found more explanation on the site above but otherwise completely paywalled.

    “Fossil-fuelled life has always been violent,” she says, later adding that “fossil violence” should “also be appreciated as a misogynist tactic, if we follow Kate Manne to think of misogyny not as an individual belief—the hatred of women—but instead as a set of practices.”

    So she is effectively saying that wind and solar are not violent. Wind turbines which kill millions of birds and bats. She has no way to prove her statement and this study is just another example of just how useless the social sciences are.

    [The mods must ask if female T. rex, sabre-toothed tigers, African lions, or sperm whales, or killer whales are feminine vegetarians. .mod]

    • This is either the output of a random-phrase generator with feminist/alarmist leanings or the stupidest thing ever written by a human being. It surpasses even the feminist glaciology paper. I wonder what she’d think of going for a drive in my GT-R?

      • She must have a heart attack when she sees a woman driving a mustang, or hear the song T-bird.

        And she’ll have fun fun fun
        ‘Til her daddy takes the T-bird away
        (Fun fun fun ’til her daddy takes the T-bird away)

  4. The resulting vehicles, brutal machines unlike any the world had seen before or will ever see again,

    the new breed of muscle cars still emerging from Detroit today,

    Ummm…. They just contradicted themselves…

        • Some American ones do as well.

          But, we have thousands of miles of relatively straight and easy roads here in the U.S. Not everyone wants a darty little car.

          Me, I’m in love with motorcycles, so all y’all in your cages are simply straining out gnats as far as I’m concerned.

          rip

    • I’ve been watching Elvira since my formative years… hard to believe but Cassandra Peterson is 66 or 67 years old… she has a great sense of humor and remains very attractive, even without the ghoul getup.

      • she is lovely woman sans getup…saw her once, total different persona of course, pretty much the shy librarian ‘acting out’ onstage. think she’s from my hometown. anyway adored her farcical romps over the years.

  5. Bring back Mad Max and the acclaimed Death Race 2000. Put snowflakes in the wheelchairs and save the aging boomers! (Search on YouTube if you’re under 30 and didn’t see the movie in the drive in agterbmidnight)

  6. ”Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism.

    WTF are “anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene?”

    Does Cara Daggett simply hate humanity?

    And obviously she has repressed sexual anxieties with vocabulary like “aroused” and “augment desires.”

    Cara has a sickened mind, a mental disorder.

    • Joel,

      She seems to be suffering from a severe case of “projection”. Her writing parallels a porn story of sorts in her distorted mind. But maybe she just needs a new set of batteries. Maybe a large pack.

  7. Thought this was another spoof article. Sadly, nope. Is as real as Feminine Glaciology.

    Dr. Cara Daggett is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts. Per her official VT bio page, her research interests include the Anthropocene, Climate Security, and Feminism and Gender. Her new paper is a trifecta. One award in 2015 from the Int’l Feminist Journal of Politics. Beginning her next research project: interrogating the relationship between energy and gender. Not much there to interrogate, but we already know her eventual conclusion. Male energy bad. Feminine energy good. Dunno about transgender energy, requires further interrogation.

    Or, maybe her bio page is a further more elaborate spoof.
    Who knew Virginia Tech could be so techie—NOT?

    • Climate Security? ‘The Science’ really is just that the world will warm 4 degrees and that is mostly minimum temperatures at high latitudes. I know that this gets painted as all sorts of calamities, including even rare extreme cold events, but surely, if true, it will reduce extreme weather?

    • Rud Istvan

      Well, you know what they say (well, me actually).

      Wimmen multitask.

      But men prioritise.

      That’s why guys’ are better drivers, and that’s clearly what got up her arse!

        • drednicolson

          I reckon this bird can’t pass her driving test, that’s why she’s so pissed.

    • Whether intentionally or not, it is a spoof article. Self-spoofing.

      Chalk one up for Affirmative Action. Is there any other reason, merit based, that she made it to Assistant Prof?

  8. I just bought a ’97 F150 to replace my ’99 F150 that was totaled last fall while parked on the street. I would prefer newer models but these both have standard transmissions, and these are getting hard to find (8′ bed, standard cab, 4×4). Alas, this may be my last F150 (maybe I’ll cut it up for off-road someday); I see a Ram in my future. Manual = driving, automatic = golf cart driving (I’m kidding… Hellcats = driving too).

      • Absolutely NOT! An off-roading buddy of mine said that and I proved him wrong with my Land Rover converted to V8 4 speed auto. But yes, I prefer manual, but auto is so good!

        • I’ve just bought a 2001 Land Rover Discovery II as a (mostly) off-road vehicle to complement my 2006 Land Rover LR3.

          Both are auto, but the LR3 has a clutchless manual option. The LR3 has been great off-road, but it’s pricey to fix. The Disco II comes pre-dented and with part of what it needs to be a SRS off-road vehicle.

      • As I get older and gimpy, stepping on the clutch 49 times just to get to work can be unpleasant at times. So, add “people with lower back pain” as happy operators of automatic transmission. I prefer manual; once drove out of a river using just the starter motor in first gear.

  9. The article is daft,of course but the screams of outrage on this site makes me think there may be something in it. Don’t be so predictable guys!

    • You need to learn the difference between “screams of outrage” and ridicule and subdued laughter (PC requires us to be discrete). Anyway, once you’ve felt the power of that raw muscle that laid you back in the seat and left you gasping and your heart racing you’ll come back for more.

    • Interesting how valid criticism as well as bit of ridicule qualifies as “screams of outrage”.

      I guess people see what they are taught to see.

      • “I guess people see what they are taught to see.”

        The ears have walls. (A quote from someone.)

    • Awwwwww…….Susan.

      I have a 1200 Suzuki Bandit motorbike.

      0 – 60 in 3.5 seconds.

      Big, broad comfortable saddle, so you have to straddle my phallic symbol to enjoy the ride.

      We can go shopping on it together.

      No…..seriously, I use it for groceries frequently.

      My wife loves Fast Food.

      God I love being a man doing a woman’s bidding.

      🙂

      • Yeah, but sometimes not. It’s hard to hear the laughter over the internet, but easy to see the scathing response.

  10. There was a lot of hottrodding going on in the 1950’s, too. Ford Flatheads and Chyrsler Hemis and Chevy V-8’s. Fun stuff!

    • The Corvette was invented in 54, I think that started a trend.
      The 56, 67 Chevys were very popular with the younger crowed.
      And the Fords were ramping up their engine size dramatically by the end of the 50’s.

      Meanwhile, England had Volvos and MG’s, and heaps of small sports cars.

      • The first year Corvette was 1953, but they only made 300 that year. All were convertibles, white with red interiors and were outfitted with a 6 cylinder in-line “Blue-Flame” engine that produced 150 hp mated to a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. They all had the same (non-deletable) options which was an AM radio and a heater. They also did not have outside door handles. To get in the car you must reach inside to open the door.

        • It was these “power slide”, or “tourque flite” gearboxes with 2 may be 3 forward gears and all the fluid required (16 ltrs on ZF 4HP22) that killed auto until recently. The auto gearbox is a Hungarian invention, like the biro, Prof Biro, pen and the Rubic’s cube, and has been improved to the point I will take an auto option on a car over manual. It is in part to laziness, and having only two foot pedals.

          • The real problem with the ‘stick shift’ is holding your beer while shifting. It was a bit less of a problem with “3 on the tree”.

          • A few years ago, after RIGHT shoulder surgery, I found I was able to drive manual entirely with my left hand. This showed that while driving performance did suffer a bit, the right hand can be freed up to be used for more important tasks.

          • General Motors’ Cadillac and Oldsmobile divisions, in 1939 -for the 1940 model year invented and introduced, the 2-speed “Hydramatic”. It was the first fully automatic mass-produced transmission developed for passenger automobile use…
            The 3-speed “Turbo-350” automatic in my 70 Camaro used 13 quarts of fluid.

          • My first car was a 1954 Ford, 4 door, 2 speed automatic, with Ford’s first OHV 6 cyl, and an oil air filter . What a tank! Faded green paint, worn out seats, an AM radio with in-dash speaker, and a steering wheel you had to look under. But it had wheels and was older than me and enough previous experience that I never wrecked it. Called it the ‘green hornet’.

          • A 1954 Ford sedan is a pretty good looking car. 🙂

            My dad had a 1955 Ford two-door Victoria with a 292 V-8 in it. Gasoline was about 25 cents a gallon back then, and could go a lot lower if we had local “gas war” among service stations.

  11. Translation: We’re pajama-boy-beta-males, and everyone we hate are suffering from social pathologies.

  12. Anthony, I didn’t know you had such a great sense of humour and was a petrol-head. Love this article.

    • I have a small block 350 enabled Chevy 1950 retro-modded 3100 pickup. Sadly, not a 5-window. I grew up in a mechanics shop working with my dad. I could weld, lathe, and tear down engines before I could legally drive.

  13. There is a simple explanation for this nonsense. You may remember the assertion that if you got enough monkeys working on typewriters/word processors then one of them would eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare. Well, the other monkeys are busy knocking out climate alarmist papers and this latest drivel.

    • You may have heard of ROFL🤣, This is the first comment that I have ever read that had me close to ROFL. Congratulations my man.

  14. Daggett’s article deserves respectful consideration. There is a positive correlation between patriarchal gender ideology and ecological abuse. Patriarchy exacerbates the product of population and consumption. I believe in my heart that patriarchal gender ideology is the root cause of the ecological crisis.

    • Yeah well after reading passages like this from the paper (Thanks to gnomish) I’m not so sure.

      White power pledges, breakfast cereals and masturbation may at first appear as adolescent
      pranks, but in the context of Trump’s America, they are all too serious. As initiation
      rites, they adhere to Theweleit’s analysis of the bodily practices of proto-fascist groups.
      By staying calm during beatings and limiting masturbation (making the body rigid), Proud
      Boys aim to enhance their masculinity, and in turn to become more successful with ‘real’
      women, who nevertheless remain, as among the freikorps, off-screen and imagined figures
      who threaten humiliation. Lurking behind the tactics of rigidity is a sense of personal
      failure; a shared frustration among white men who have struggled to find a housewife
      willing to receive their veneration.

      Petro: both hard and soft. Both the solidification of toxic masculinity, and the grimy,
      deathly flows (oil, gas) let loose as psychological compensation for that self-discipline.
      Like the freikorps’ cruelty, or the clamour to torture detainees after September 11 analysed
      by Robin, burning fossil fuels in an age of global warming can offer a compensatory
      practice of violence. Fossil fuel systems provide a domain for explosive letting go,
      and all the pleasures that come with it – drilling, digging, fracking, mountaintop removal,
      diesel trucks. In the words of Sarah Palin, ‘drill, baby, drill!’61

      Helpfully, the aesthetics of fossil fuels – most particularly oil – are ripe for recoding
      as expressions of sexualised power and orgasmic satisfaction. The parallels between rape
      and extractivism have been well documented.62 Stephanie LeMenager writes of ‘oil’s
      primal associations with earth’s body, therefore with the permeability, excess, and multiplicity
      of all bodies’, such that ‘the spectacle of [oil’s] gushing from the earth suggests
      divine or Satanic origins, a givenness that confers upon it an inherent value disassociated
      from social relations’.63 In Upton Sinclair’s novel, Oil!, too, LeMenager observes how a
      gushing well becomes an orgasmic woman (‘There she came!’), while ‘for a thirteenyear-
      old male narrator, industrial-scale pollution and waste translate into arousal and
      premature ejaculation’.64

      It’s not anything scientific, but little more than a rant given some imagined legitimacy by being published in a journal.
      God help her. She’s nucking futz.

      • They closed down all the state hospitals and let all the super nuts go free thirty years ago. Today they are shooting up schools and publishing this kind of crap.

        The way she words it, “misogynist” appears to mean that the guys are into muscle cars, beer and masturbation and are ignoring the women. Sounds like a rant from someone over educated, high maintenance and not getting any. I could not understand a damned thing she was attempting to communicate.
        Would’t be surpised if she started plinking at muscle cars on the freeway.

      • My God. It’s worse than I thought.

        It’s either a word [salad] of random trigger words, or she sees ghosts in every corner.

    • WHAT!?
      Did this thing pass “peer-review”?
      This is an example of “causes” latching onto “The Cause” to promote their own cause.
      It is not science.
      If this particular paper passed “peer-review” then the reviewers may not be certain just which bathroom they should pass in.

  15. In the 1st pic looks like a ’69 Chevelle, ’69 Mustang Cobra, and a ’69 ‘Cuda. In the 2nd pic I don’t think a 69 stands but could be 42.

    • Those are all 1970’s…A Ford 429 Cobra Mustang, a Plymouth 426 Hemi Cuda, and a Chevrolet 454 Chevelle Super Sport.

  16. Wow! I used to be just a “car guy” but now I’m Petro-masculine! Sounds like an upgrade to me!

  17. They just don’t get it.
    Turning highly refined hydrocarbons into noise and speed is a beautiful thing. To both driver and spectator.
    I never had a “muscle car”, but beginning in 1965 had a number of Alfa Romeos as Daily Drivers.
    Then, in 2005 I bought three as “collectors”. A 1962 Spider, a 63 Coupe and a 68 Giulia (sports sedan).
    Because of age, sold them last year. (sad, my age)
    But at 7,000 rpm they sounded great!
    Bob Hoye

    • I ended up on the same page. I thought this posting had to be a joke. I’m still having a hard time believing it’s legit. I would not have thought that someone as nutz as Cara Daggett would even be allowed on the streets, much less as an assistant professor at any university and less so at Va Tech. I guess Va Tech is going the route of Univ Missouri.

  18. Most of what I know about muscle cars I learned from my very feminine Southern mother. But I’m sure she just has internalized misogyny or something.

  19. This looks like one of those fake (joke) papers that researchers get published in journals to prove how inept the peer review process is. It’s so pathetically stupid it’s unbelievable.

    • That’s the thing, if it was a joke paper it would have been rejected. I can’t imagine the conversations the editors had with this woman.

    • The more I look at it the more I think that you are correct. The subject is explosive and ripe for a spoof. It has the right confusing big dictionary words. It does not make easy reading or common sense.

  20. Today’s muscle cars are BEVs, which out-accelerate everything (except a Stanley Steamer). Tesla boasts of its Ferrari-beating zero-to-60 time, and many Tesla owners love their cars because of their acceleration and passing ability. So, are they Electro-masculine or what? (They celebrate their cars’ quietness, which is unlike the celebration of noise by metro-fans, so they’re hard to fit into the author’s set of boxes.)

    • Did you hear about the Tesla-based Electric GT Championship race car that made it around the a track 1 and 1/2 times (about 4.5 miles) at full power before the batteries overheated and it had to go back into the pits to cool off. They had to shove leaf blowers into the car to cool the batteries down. the entire race is only 37 miles long. I guess that’s better than Formula-E races which switches cars in the middle of their 63 mile race (I guess the pits stops might be a little boring if they had to wait for a Tesla Super-Charges to charge the batteries for the second half of the race).

      https://jalopnik.com/here-s-what-happened-with-the-tesla-model-s-race-car-th-1827321127

      • An EV is an Electric Vehicle; The B stands for Battery-only. Other EVs are hybrids of various flavors; for instance, an EREV is an Extended-Range EV, whose battery may or may not be charged partially by being plugged in, but which is mainly refreshed by a small Internal Combustion Engine. running at a constant speed. Nissan’s e-power EREV is selling strongly in Japan; see https://seekingalpha.com/article/4185100-nissans-e-power-technology-annihilating-toyota-prius-japan-can-also-threat-tesla-lithium. Toyota plans to produce an EREV using a rotary engine from Mazda.

        Another way to think of them is as Battery-Buffered “Bangers” (ICEs). Unlike a hybrid, the ICE doesn’t connect to the drive train, so there’s no transmission or differential.

    • Actually you might have a point with your claim that Tesla is the new muscle.

      After all, from what I have heard, they often shoot flames out the sides… 😀

  21. Girls want their muscles cars. Boys, too. Somewhere therein lies prophecy, diversity, and misogyny.

  22. climate trouble ” What? The “climate” is fine.

    Following WWII and the Korean Police Action, many folks were leaving the military (with extra pay; don’t recall the name for that). Some went to college, some married and bought houses, some bought the car of the moment.
    A friend’s older brother bought a Ford and promptly rolled it on our local “Dead Man’s Curve.” In his case, he walked away.
    Another friend’s sister (3 years older than I) was the best driver in the county.
    We all had a lot of fun, and would write a different story.

    Cara Daggett needs help. Perhaps friends and relatives can see that she gets some.

    • John F. Hultquist

      “Perhaps friends and relatives can see that she gets some.”

      With her attitude, I doubt she has any.

      Must be the heart and soul of the party.

      (I can’t find the sark key…..help, someone?)

    • Judging from her paper, she isn’t getting any. You know the joke, “if I grow up ugly, I can always be a feminist.”

  23. It’s a spoof. It’s a satire. Nobody can possibly write this stuff and be serious. Can they? Can they? Somebody tell me it’s a satire, please……..

  24. I wish I had a muscle car. ’68 Super Bee? ’69 Chevelle? ’72 GTO? My older brother’s “68 Buick GS400? Oh well, back to the ’13 Silverado crew cab 4X4, okay, my wife’s truck.

    • A question for Cara. If hot muscle cars are so misogynist, why do the hot cars attract the hot girls?

    • Top photo is a Ford GT40. The iconic race car designed by Carroll Shelby that beat the Ferrari’s at Le Mans four times in 1960s. One of my favorites

      • Not exactly. It’s a Ford GT, circa 2005-2006. Similar appearance, but that’s about it.

  25. The car I always desired when I was young was the Buick Grand National GNX. Sub 6 – 60 with 6 cylinders. Alais, the closest I got was a Pontiac Bonneville SSEi. 18 way power seats and an HU display though.

    My target later in life was a GTR (Lamborghini Countach was way outta reach), but I just didn’t have the 175k for the model I desired.

    Ultimately with kids, I have now had to settle for a used MKT with Ecoboost (yes looks like an ugly AWD station wagon), mine still does sub 6 – 60 (5.9 @ 365 hp) with 6 cylinders however. If you could only see the faces of some of the hotrodder’s I have taken down 😉 The sacrifices we make to be Petro-Masculin now days!

    • I had a 1959 Pontiac with a very old 261cu 6 cylinder (painted army green for some reason). When that wore out I put a 455 in it. That rocked my world.

      Then I bought a 1987 Pontiac Fiaro, great driving car, but no power.

      Currently saving up for a V10 Lamborghini. I can’t afford new, but I’ll be happy with a 10 year old secondhand.

  26. Was never into muscle cars. Never fully understood the attraction. I guess I understand the reason. I did have an airplane that sucked 32 gallons of 100 octane fuel per hour at 265 mph. Today I just settle for a electric fat bicycle (green, zero emmisions ). It’s heavy at 55 lb (25kg) but it does put out 110 ft lbs of torque (150N-m). Public reaction to the bike is one of assuming I am super macho. Way more than I deserve.

  27. I’m turgid from just reading her abstract!!!
    I’m gonna go do some donuts in my 70 Camaro….

    (It’ll release my Chakra….)

    • dunno but i just finished building and mall testing my turbo.electric mobility muscle-scooter.
      i’m too sexy for my wheelchair.
      i had it on 2 wheels around the corners at 20 mph, by glod!

  28. The 15-page .pdf makes fascinating, compelling reading through further intimate insight assisting that omnipresent masculine goal of maximized copulation, continuation of the species, that fundamentally strongest of drives. This paper demands a reaction, mine being a series of scenarios of sexual intimacy culminating in a pre-orgasmic fondling of the author’s clitoris with the most controlled, gentle, smoothest little finger, avoiding harm and pain by practised lubrication with light oil — oil, oil, why did you hide the bloody oil, you hopeless woman??? Geoff

  29. She thought Mad Max was a documentary. As the planet warms, the creeps come out.

    “failure of scientific communication or reason” — Her reasoning and writing style will certainly improve that. I’ll add a sarc just for her.

  30. My response; WTF? Seriously, WTF?

    I admire serious engineering, really big stuff and small stuff too.

    I worked on and programmed CNC milling machines in the 1980’s to plus/minus 2 MICRONS to machine the actuators, the “arms” the magnetic “heads” were supported by, in the hard disk drives for IBM AS400 series computers.

    This was in the day of 3 axis machines.

    How the article relates to “…climate denial, racism and misogyny” I have no idea, so WTF again!

    We have machines that can make 2500HP engines that are machined to within 8 MICRONS. THAT! That! Is serious engineering.

    Now in the day of 5 axis machines, with up to 2 micron tolerances, the level of “what we can make” is remarkable. And with laser “binding”, we can “bind” copper with steel, ordinary steel with stainless…etc etc etc.

    Serious engineering stuff!

  31. Millennium: Journal of International Studies is a refereed non-profit student-run journal at the cutting edge of the discipline of International Relations.

    i.e. London School of Economics

  32. The Mustang was the original “Pony Car”. It wasn’t considered a Muscle Car. I grew up next to Venice California and very close to the original Carroll Shelby factory. I used to go to the Shelby showroom on Imperial Highway next to LAX. My first car was a 1966 fastback Mustang with the GT package. I put some Koni shocks and Pirelli CN36 195/70-14 tires on it–compared to any car today, it was as slow and bad handling as a wagon. But I didn’t have the money to turn it into a GT350 since everybody back then was poor.

    But it was a fun car. I’m now restoring a 1968 Mustang notchback with a 302. I can do all of the things to the suspension that I couldn’t do back in the day. But the engine and drive train I’m keeping mostly stock. That’s because hardly any stock drive trains exist anymore–all of the restored cars had their original engines and transmissions tossed. Besides, no matter what I did to that 302 it’s still going to be slow compared to a modern Mustang.

    But the old cars were simple and fun as long as they weren’t your daily driver. It taught the baby boomer generation how to be mechanics and helped educate them into becoming great engineers and scientists. Cars were more than just cars. These dummies today who don’t know what a carburetor is or what a camshaft does are turning boys into girls.

    • The key to making a 302 run is the cylinder heads. Put on some Trick Flow Specialty or AFR (Air Flow Research) aluminum heads on it, along with upgraded intake and cam, and it will run with a modern high performance V8.

      • You can get a 302 to make good power but it never will able to compete with a modern Mustang. The other problem is that if do a high performance build with after-market heads etc, then you have to upgrade the clutch and transmission. An old Top-Loader with four speeds is just not good enough. Then you need a new drive shaft. And of course, you have to replace the old 8″ rear-end with a 9″. When you’re done, there’s nothing original left in the drivetrain.

        The the rest of the car also needs upgrading–the old suspension, brakes and flexi-flyer chassis were never designed to handle 350 HP. All you end up with is a car that bears little resemblance to the original Mustang. And it doesn’t even have air-conditioning!

        People are destroying the value of their vintage cars by replacing everything. If you want to go fast by and Corvette or new Mustang. But the new cars never will replace my old slow 1966 Mustang. I don’t need to go fast and besides, if you stand on it in one of today’s performance cars, in 14 seconds you’re be going so fast that if you’re caught, you’re going to jail.

        And taking your new Boss 302 Mustang out on the track like Laguna Seca, your car will go as fast as Parnelli Jones’ No. 15. Without any of the safety gear (i.e., no roll cage, etc.). And amateur drivers today don’t have any of the skills to drive at those kinds of speeds. If you crash, forget the damage to the car, you have a good chance at getting killed. It happens all the time when people take their fast cars out on the track.

      • “The key to making a 302 run is the cylinder heads.”

        Nope. Put an electronic ignition on it. The biggest problem the “muscle” cars had was points/condenser ignitions.

    • My “muscle car” was a Fix-Or-Repair-Daily F250 up in Alaska. It really did need fixing almost daily BUT it was easy to work on; sometimes took a capful of gasoline right down the carburetor to get it started. The rough roads and potholes took a serious toll on bearings, u-joints and the throwout bearing on the clutch so I learned how to repair all those things. The potholes were serious; it took an entire wheel off someone else’s truck leaving only a spindle. The holes fill with water so you don’t know how deep or steep edged they are.

  33. Oh dear! It gets worse and worse! I am wondering whether I should contact the author and get her to add these postings to the study since they seem to support her view to the hilt!

  34. There you go, just when you think Peak Stupid has arrived, then we get this and the race is on again.

    I thought the feminist glaciologists study of the human-ice interface would be hard to beat, but no I was wrong.

    • She’s clearly not a REAL woman! Women can’t do things like that! She’s also a heretic.

  35. {excerpt}

    Cara Daggett

    Abstract

    “As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. ”
    [end of excerpt]

    What to say? If one of my children was this batsh!t crazy, I would be in despair.

    This is what extremists do to the fragile minds of children and adolescents. Cara is so divorced from reality, and so wrapped up in her own delusions and self-entitlement, that in a more rational world she would be institutionalized and placed under treatment. In today’s bizarre world, she has a job teaching at a university, warping the minds of other young people.

  36. One of my friends has a niece who sounds like Cara. This girl is about 20 and is a batsh!t-crazy radical feminist who dominates every conversation with her insistence that everyone must conform to her warped worldview, and ruins every family occasion with her delusional ranting and her self-entitlement.

    I know the dad too, and he does not talk about it – he seems so beaten-down that I doubt he is even allowed to speak in his own house. His daughter is a extremist bully and an imbecile, and he does not know what to do.

    If these young women are ever to have a normal relationship with anyone, they will have to understand that there is a real world out there with real people who are never going to conform to their extreme views, a world where real people have real jobs that enable her to live – and enable her to talk down to them.

    Extremists who teach social studies are too often no more than raving parasites, who contributes nothing of value to society and, in fact, do serious harm to young people by spreading their destructive and foolish prejudices.

    • It seems that in academia misanthropy has tiptoed in on the feet of “feminism”, “critical race theory” and transparent sexist-racist bigotry.

    • Those batsh!t crazies are really fun to be around sometimes as long as you can leave after you finish stirring the hornets nest! I do have an issue in keeping a straight face and that look of bewilderment when accidentally dropping triggers and not understanding what I said that was wrong. Even the way I eat my food can be upsetting at times. It seems that some crazies just get/stay upset around me. Hell, I can even trigger one with an apology that was a trigger. 😉

  37. Theweleit’s dissertation “Men’s phantasies” could never be practically verified because of the treated cruel incomprehensibilities.

    Of course, not be refuted too.

    The same applies to this “study”.

  38. In the appendix of ‘Männerphantasien’ Theweleit wrote something like:

    In the aftermath of more than 20 years I received a lot of readers comments. None of them I ever read nor answered.

    But whenever invited to US it was astounding to see the consumption by and impact to progressives.

  39. After decades of 300+ cu in V8s, settled on a 3.8’litre V6 with a big supercharger. A case of constant noise, variable velocity being replaced by variable noise, variable velocity like a hard music beat by a melody of many notes. Geoff

  40. It’s a garbage stew of post-modern “feminism”, extreme Greenie ideology, all wrapped up in a loaded diaper of psychobabble. Yum!

  41. I have long suspected that green weenies have wanted to compel and control if and what kind of cars people can drive out of envy. Here’s the evidence.

    I’m not a psychologist, but this paper might be a form of P envy?

  42. It sounds like some pencil-necked Nancy-boys in their Prius’s are jealous. Maybe they teamed up with some womyn who drive that Buick Encore thing.

  43. … “psycho-political reading of authoritarianism”

    heh, glad they’re outing themselves as “psycho…”

  44. This is a joke, right? We are sure this isn’t done in homage to a classic rant skit by Eric Idle is it? The Author stands by this? They actually put their name to this? I’m stunned that anyone would actually write something like this let alone believe it.

  45. I am speculating that the author of the paper would wholeheartedly embrace windmills and solar panels, which would be hallmarks of aero-helio-femininity, enforcing the stereotype of blond-bimbo airheads whose main obsession is getting a good sun tan.

    My counter-study, thus, would be titled, Aero-helio-femininity: Renewables and Female Authoritarianism in Overdrive

  46. There may be something to this. I don’t leave a carbon footprint. I leave twin 10 inch tracks of rubber as I move through the world.

  47. “New authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny.”…

    Pure Projection. It’s the cLIEmate UNscientists who are in denial of the scientific method. Their hypothesis rests upon invalidated model predictions. Ironically their “solution” to the imaginary Mann Made climate change is massive global redistribution, which would require an authoritarian global government.

    “Racism and misogyny” are what the left lives on. We havn’t seen this level of democratic racism since Al Gore’s daddy and his party tried to filibuster all the civil rights reforms the republicans passed.

    The author of this delusional garbage should feel free to stop using all the fruits of modern industrial society. And start up her own non petro feminazi alternative. Go live in a cow dung and twig built house and scratch in the dirt with a stick until she slowly dies of starvation and disease unless some male take pity on her.

  48. Money for nothing…
    ” Through the science of energy, work could be conceved (sic) as a site of energy conversion that was in need of new tactics of imperial governance. The conclusion argues that, without challenging dominant practices of work and leisure, it will remain difficult to dislodge fossil fuel cultures.”
    Dr. Cara Daggett, Duke University.
    Expertise:
    Environment and Energy Politics
    International Relations
    Critical Security
    Feminism and Gender Politics
    Political Theory

    • Translation:
      Without climate-feminist overlord task masters, people will keep looking to do things they like.

  49. Pleaeeeeze tell the Antifa beta-males to say this to the hundreds Harley owners when they go protest the annual biker’s event in SD!! Imagine- a 112 lb beta male with pink & gold man-bun: “You’re a ” nasty petro-masculinist! and we hate you! ”
    I can only smile at the reply.

  50. So, are there such things as:

    (1) a petro-homosexual ?
    — a person born of one gender who is romantically attracted to another person of the same gender who drives muscle cars.
    (2) a petro-transexual ?
    — a person born of one gender who undergoes physical and chemical modifications to identify with the opposite gender, who now is romantically attracted to another person of the gender he/she/? USED to be, and this person drives muscle cars.
    (3) a petro-pansexual ?
    — a person born of one gender who might or might not have undergone modifications, who might or might not be romantically attracted to another person of ANY gender, as long as the person drives muscle cars.
    (4) a petro-trans-metro sexual ?
    — Okay, this is a tuffy — I’m getting my mind all twisted up here, but here goes: a person born as a female, who undergoes transformations to become a male, who now is extremely conscientious of hair style, fashion appearance, and status symbols, placing special emphasis on muscle cars.
    (5) a petro-lesbian ?
    — a person born female, who is romantically attracted to other females who drive muscle cars.
    (6) a petro-sexual?
    — a person born of either gender, or who is transformed into either gender, who uses crude oil in place of other, more traditional amorous lubricants (DISCLAIMER: This is NOT an endorsement for pure, crude-oil sexual aids, and so I take no responsibility for unfavorable outcomes associated with any attempt to act on my suggestion as an alternative to products containing more approved ingredients).

    Have I gone to far ? ANSWER: No. If the article of focus here has not gone too far, then neither have I.

    [The mods only feel it is proper to point out that a petro-trans-metro would feel uncomfortable controlling any vehicle with a piston engine. .mod]

    • mods, I respectfully disagree — a petro-trans-metro was previously female, … subsequently transformed into male, and so clearly felt lacking in certain piston-like attributes, resulting in the very desire to transform into male. The transformation, thus, calls for associating with all things phallic, including, of course, pistons, which bestow a sense of awakened masculine driving power, destined to thrust into the cylindrical void of femininity from which this person has transformed, thus affirming the newly born sense of greater control over his (formerly-her) present destiny.

      The cylinder of this person’s former femininity is so empty that it beckons, if you will, the calling for piston power, which thrusts into the existential hollow to, not only fill it, but also to FULfill it. It is the fill, you see, that causes the fulfillment, resolving the former angst of emptiness into the new identity of non-self-loathing validity.

      [The mods are truly awed and amazed, fully plunged into new depths of inspired passion by the pressure of your multiple thrusts into the bore …
      We stand mutely by waiting for the birth of a new angst of power, but must go clean some residue still clinging to tip of each spark plug. .mod]

    • Seriously, though, … I tried to read the whole paper, but I just couldn’t make it through the whole thing, any more than I could listen to a symphony of fingernails screeching on blackboards.

      Based on the amount that I did read, however, before having to take a puke break, here is my reaction:

      Ms. Daggett begins her tretise by asserting that global warming poses a problem for fossil fuel systems and those who profit from them. But she does not specify exactly what this problem is in a straightforward manner. Rather, she leads by innuendo, implying that leaving fossil fuels in the ground means leaving trillions of dollars of profit in the ground, as if everyone is supposed to heed an unspoken ethos to do precisely that. She does not establish the validity of such ethos. She does not weigh the benefits of fossil fuels against the great costs (and losses) of abondoning them prematurely.

      Why would fossil fuel systems leave fossil fuels in the ground today? What would be the alternative? Ms. Daggett does not ground her anti-petro ethos in any sound reasoning, thus leaving the future of humanity dangling in the air of airheaded thinking. She juxtaposes flowery words to dress up loosely associated, nebulous claims in a way that might fool less savvy readers into believing that she is convincing, when, really, she is just faking people out with verbal flair.

      Every other word she uses seems taken from a standard dictionary of activism, which makes her tretise, oh, so typical of affluent, academic idealists who have zero footing in reality. With a heavy dose of hyper-feminism, she does nothing less than actualize her grand bias towards the male gender. I’m talking about an excessive bias, in this regard. Not just a difference of outlook, but an arguably pathological aversion to white, adult, hetero-normative males.

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